my . artist run website  

Vesa Peltonen

 

Inspiration:

INTERNATIONAL ART BOOK  ~Website

 

My Feature in this International Art Book's website and interview:

 

See Link below and listen to interview:


Snow on Ridges


North Highway #2


Wave and Currents

 

PRESS THIS LINK [below]TO SEE MY FEATURED ART IN THE 

'INSPIRATION ART BOOK' 2016 coming out in June.

 

http://artbook.gallery/vesa.peltonen

 

 

 

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See next Blog on 'Giclée' Print process of how I do my limited prints


NEW Book Overview: 

See 'Contact' link at the left bottom of the website or e-mail is below, to inquire $16. [USD] $20.[CAD] + shipping in N. America...I can add your name to list interested, and then notify around April 2016 . [No obligation]. You can wait for distributor info. which may be easier to handle one near you. [which will be added here].

 

 

'ANXIETY AND THE ARTIST WITHIN, Finding New Meaning in Your Art'

 

My 2nd book: 'Anxiety and the Artist Within'Finding New Meaning in Your Art'

[cover above -9" x 6" -160 pgs]

 

 




I'm a Canadian author with University degrees in Art and Arts History. I've had a rewarding career happily being in the various art/design fields from a television art director to a University art professor, through 40 years, but always creating artwork, keeping on learning. I also have my AQ in Guidance Counselling and Art Therapy. 

 

I would like to relate my experiences as an artist that are helpful to other artists who are having anxiety related issues from stressors that may cause ups and downs to more profound angst issues to distress or worse. I would never think to stop the learning process in Art especially, which I place much trust in, The book is to share my knowledge, with advice with medical related specialists, providing motivating ideas that they provided me that would motivate creative persons in any arts area to help themselves get back on track. I share my own experiences in the hopes that the reader can relate to their angst situations that may be causing a block, to hitting a wall of confusion that has caused one to lose their interest in creating the thing they love to do, being an artist.

 

As an artist, have you ever lost interest in the thing you love doing the most? Have you ever looked at a large white paper and it caused anxiousness. It happened to me! 

I suddenly lost interest in creating with acrylics and watercolours twice, last time was several years ago, which had been a passion for a long time and what occurred after was rather profound.  

 

Added to my situation as I was beginning to feel better was, unfortunately, a car accident not long after things were feeling upbeat. 

 

When one is into their art, the unexpected happens. Progress stops. It's Life, not a failure.

 

I was hit by a car going through a red light. Lucky to stumble out of totalled new but well built new VW, I suffered whiplash, PTSD, 3 neck discs compressed causing nerve pain.  I became disinterested in more things. I also had memory lapses and off and on depression. I don't have much memory of the 3 mts. after. I needed chiropractic treatment each week for a year then less after that. The accident put me in a situation with no normal income for awhile, except using my funds from my Teachers' Pension plus my Investment funds. 

 

This incident set me back, with a lack of focus and multi-tasking was not to be for awhile, and with severe to moderate migraines, which prior I hardly had headaches. .

 

My mind and body lost its old schedule, decided to put me into a delayed shock waking up 4 days later with the most severe migraine nausea one could imagine. I had to see many professionals. After Cat Scans MRI and X-ray it was also concluded that I had 3 of my top neck discs degenerated and caused severe pain in my neck to my left shoulder. Medication and physiotherapy were needed. After I had much fatigue, and as time went by lesser symptoms occurred, from restlessness to irritability and anxiousness. Soon however, something began to perk my interest back into art. I had also after this incident lost interest in other pleasures as playing piano, guitar to recreation.

 

One thing that helped was my doctor advising me to get away from the stressors in my environment. So I went to Toronto, Montreal and Miami. It was an amazing change feeling a more normal state, with a happier sense about me and less migraine/neck pain. I even brought my art portfolio and unexpectedly sold some art in Toronto and Miami.

 

When I got back home I was looking at my older art, then with only able to exert myself so much still weak, having bouts of fatigue. However, determined with a new vision,  I began scanning/photographing my past art and photos inputting them into the computer and then manipulating them into new creation using the art/design applications. That began my therapy slowly and back into the enjoyment of creating art, still having chiropractic treatment, and yoga exercise for loosening sore muscles and meditative breathing to reduce anxiety. 

 

What Purpose Does this Book Have?

 

There are so many creative people that I have read about that have lost their creative urge, not on the same happy path as before. I hope this book will help to bring out that Artist within them, as I convey my experiences and solutions for anxiety issues, to depression and even to the darker side of feelings and then regaining new energy. 'I SURVIVED MY ANGST' is a t-shirt I created. If of interest let me know.

This book is not one of those how to make quick money as an artist books. It's motivational ideas with interviews of others in the arts who explain their related issues of being 'stuck', with no true new inspiration.

 

ANXIETY AND THE ARTIST WITHIN' is more about 'Art as therapy' to re-inspire ones' inner creative self which has been in some void psychologically from anxiety to depression and other affects keeping one from moving ahead and being thrown off a schedule. It could be the fear of failure, depression, life becomes overwhelming, to too many pressures. If you have had a love of creating art then it can surely be revitalized again, maybe in a different way and direction in arts.

 

That's what my book is about;- To help you relate and confront those negative blocks and periods of doubt that get in the way of creativity; One can start rejuvenating their mind, can recharge, and also move on to working on new art mediums, even new directions. 

 

 

To simply say you're interested, to add you on a list. [but you can change your mind when notified]... then you'll be contacted...you can e-mail me at:

 

vesa_peltonen@hotmail.com

 

Leave your mailing address, e-mail. If you are in N. America add your phone. To receive the book you can contact me or wait for distributor names soon. As soon as I know the distributors, I will have them written here, or back to your e-mail or on new promo so far. Likely it will be printed by April -May 2016.  ~Thank you for your patience

 

Also, inquire about these T.B.A. products later:  "MY ANGST" T-shirts

 

 




 

 

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THE PROCESS AND IMAGES. [Visit the site Blog below for detailed information]. 

 

http://wwwvesapeltonen.blogspot.ca/

 



This is the method I use to create prints from my originals or enhanced images from

my computer files.

Either way I make very limited editions of artworks, whereby I look carefully

at each one often when on the computer and then may make a subtle nuance /change as in colour [not size when I do an edition, that's another separate process]. I will print from 10 to 100 prints, each then signed, titled, numbered and no more made. A certificate of authenticity comes with it. 

 

My Artworkprints on this website top link shows many done in this method. 

 

http://artistprints.ca/gallery/my-artist-prints

 

The Definition : Giclee (zhee-klay) - The French word "giclée" is a feminine noun that means a spray or a spurt of liquid. The word may have been derived from the French verb "gicler" meaning "to squirt". 

The Term : The term  "giclée print" connotes an elevation in printmaking technology. Images are generated from high resolution digital scans and printed with archival quality inks onto various substrates including canvas, fine art, and photo-base paper. The giclée printing process provides better colour accuracy than other means of reproduction. 

 

 



The Process : Giclee prints are created typically using professional 8-Color to 12-Color ink-jet printers. Among the manufacturers of these printers are vanguards such as Epson, MacDermid Colorspan, & Hewlett-Packard. 
These modern technology printers are capable of producing incredibly detailed prints for both the fine art and photographic markets. Giclee prints are sometimes referred to as Iris prints, which are 4-Color ink-jet prints.The paper may be on a long roll, thus the length can be quite wide as you desire, although the width may be still wide for most artists needs as 40 inches is still a good width for large image reproduction. 

 

 



 

One can make prints on all types of paper, especially somewhere between a mat finish to a slight textured paper, that gives a watercolour paper quality to. I find that 'Fabriano' 90 to 140 lb.paper is not to thin or thick and that is often the paper I use when I create watercolours. It's all up to ones' taste. Too rough and heavy of a paper may be fine for certain art styles as abstract, but not so for detailed realistic artwork or photograph reproducing from an original.  Also [as shown below] giclee prints can be done on canvas as done in painting to resemble that medium and it can be made any size as well. 

 







Artists, as I do not want to produce a large edition size which also brings up the price, since no more are created after that edition size is determined, and with much like hand prints as serigraphs, one makes a certificate of authenticity. One also signs each, with title and it is important print the number of each over the edition size on the left or preferably in the middle bottom white border below the image.

 

 

 



The Advantages : Giclee prints are advantageous to artists who do not find it feasible to mass produce their work, but want to reproduce their art as needed, or on-demand. Once an image is digitally archived, additional reproductions can be made with minimal effort and reasonable cost. The prohibitive up-front cost of mass production for an edition is eliminated. Archived files will not deteriorate in quality as negatives, film inherently do. 

 

 




 

Prints are checked over. This above shows an average amount. The price may be a bit higher to print each one, but the quantity chosen and done all at one time can reduce it. Also an artist as I who doesn't want a lots of prints, then per print it is less expensive. One can do a few ata time [nothing wrong with that] as long as you have figured what total you will make for the edition an no more once you decide. You can do it like laser printed books, order when you have had pre-orders from buyers and galleries. Keep in mind to sign, number the edition as 12/out of 50 edition size,keep track of it, and title it if you like. Put the edition number in the centre where easily seen.

 



 

This is one of my prints. I have made these in 2 sizes. Mostly 16" x 20" but have done a separate run edition of 9" x 12" also. Keep a nice 2 inch at least white paper border all around.

 

 



A group show I was a part of. Here are two giclee prints I had framed for

the exhibition. Each was sign, numbered out of 20 edition size. 

Had a good response by the public coming to this Toronto show,

 

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BLOG:The Domino Effect &The Path of An Artist [Keeping on Promoting.]

Dominoes

 

Aug. 2013  INTRO BLOG:

 

The Journey of a Thousand Miles Begins with One Step.”  Lao Tzu

 

There’s no such thing as an overnight success or a lucky break. I've worked on my art for 25+ yrs. with successes off andon. [that's more the way it is.]

 

Most successes are achieved slowly, over time, and then at some point you arrive to your goal.

 

I liken the path to success as a long row of dominos, neatly lined up.  Each one represents an accomplishment or a desire.  The last domino in the very back is the big one – it’s what will happen when I can finally say “I’ve found success.” However I can't say that's it; I need to keep going further.

 

For me, that big domino may be the day that I'm accepted into the finest gallery in New York City.  Or it could be when you reach a certain dollar amount in sales.However me being accepted into a top N.American Gallery in May, 2013 made a huge turn in my career. It was meeting the 'Art Fusion Gallery' in person. I sent them my e-mail/attached artwebsite. They loved the style right away. 

 

All the other accomplishments, desires to skills were ups and downs first. That is all essential to the path of me as an artist. Some of the dominoes I have knocked over in the past two + decades have been (in this order): >Getting the commission to create artwork for the Corporations/Organizations; selling a painting for $2000. I had done often enough small to large exhibitions went to major trade shows and connecting with agents right there. Also getting a license to sell art prints for World class events several times makes it exclusive.[see example art below].Commissions of art for a new buildings I made $20,000. Then it seems nothing happens after, so I had to promote/propose ideas. Being in the art business for over 25 yrs really allowed me to look back and see how the little achievement has led to the next. 

In the beginning, you don’t realize the importance of the succession. But as time goes on, I stuck with it and saw how one domino knocks down the next, and the next. One has to keep on top and try to get as much media exposure as one can. I have and it helped get the next commission, agents or/and gallery representation. I do work that I like and am glad it is appreciated by galleries. 

 

bg_20151378841540.jpgExample: World Jr. Hockey Championships Commission to create 300 limited prints 1982.

 


bg_20171378842371.jpgArt prints co-signed by famous ballet dancer 'Karen Kain' -1985.

 

 

August/'13: Agents to Art Gallery representation  [Promoting My Art Further]

 

From creating promotional material, advertising,sending e-mails, cold calling possible clients,galleries, to getting articles written about achievements and exhibitions, these are what one has to do to keep on moving further. So with having had several agents over the yrs. with some that were great, they do come and go, so one tries to find another representative. However over the yrs I found myself to be much experienced at making the contacts. That does take time.I should be doing my art. Then after awhile I know my clients pretty well and know which direction to head in to grab those opportunities, with a safe risk.

One has to expand one's art market, since selling in one's area may be limiting. This is the reason to get the attention of galleries/agents globally. Having a good track record with a consistent style helps. This is why [jumping ahead to the present situation], I have been able to impress the well known galleries. The 'Art Fusion Gallery' in Miami began as a e-mail. The artwork images stood out with good  themes. So eventually a trip to Miami resulted in about a 2 hour meeting. They had seen my art website, so talking in person was much easier to explain but the art spoke for itself. I hit the right place. Partly intuition/partly good planning, is the key. I'm at a new level for more art exposure.

 

bg_20221378993506.jpg'Art Fusion Gallery', Miami [A well established gallery with great clients]

 

 

September '13: Solo Art Exhibitions Create Much Exposure and Sales [follow up on buyers].

 

A good example is my Regional Solo Exhibition in 2004. I had an actual 2 month show of my 34 pieces of Art with the theme called 'Highway Fusion'. In National Galleries they don't show the prices generally, so it is put on the gallery's counter book with the artwork names & prices. One has to talk to the potential buyers giving them the prices, whether friends or people who really look keenly at the art and just don't come for a drink. It was very successful, with 3 newspaper articles as free promotion. I followed up before,during & after the exhibition & sold 11 art pieces. Rather good sales. 

I have had exhibitions in Vancouver, Calgary, Thunder Bay, & Toronto [some several times] plus some small towns. One builds a following, so I don't underestimate small towns with art interest.

 


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A Newspaper photo [this went along with article/ [b x w photo]

 

 


 

MOTIVATION TO BE A MORE SUCCESSFUL ARTIST

 

1. When you work hard at something you become good at it.

2. When you become good at doing something, you will enjoy it more.

3. When you enjoy doing something, there is a very good chance you will become passionate or more passionate about it

4. When you are good at something, passionate and work even harder to excel and be the best at it, good things happen.

 

 

~There is no failure. only feedback to keep moving again.” ~Robert G. Allen

Know How to Use Their Time:

Successful artists know how tmanage their time wisely, and they know how to say ‘no’ to the superfluous. These artists understand that efficient time-management is an indicator of their future and where they are going.  They have well-thought-out plans and goals to help guide and direct their work activities. These pros work for improvement. They understand their tasks, and what they should be doing throughout the days, weeks, and months.

 

Make It A Business:

 

Being a successful artist is not a hobby, it’s a business. Whether they work part-time or full-time at their craft, successful artists are savvy business men and women. Being a successful artist not only consists of creating great art, but it is also about building a strong business.  They know their strengths and they outsource when they need help. They understand the importance of patience, and they know success doesn’t happen overnight. Successful artists take charge of their art careers.

They Adapt:

Nolan Ryan wrote this profound quote, “Enjoying success requires the ability to adapt. Only by being open to change will you have a true opportunity to get the most from your talent.”

Artists who are open to new ideas, and have a willingness to adapt have greater success. Whether creating in the studio or managing their art business affairs, successful artists have the ability to try something else when the current method fails. They adapt to external conditions. This flexibility leads to better chances of success.

 

They Have Courage

 

Being an artist takes courage and faith in oneself. Every time an artist stares at a blank page, canvas or lump of clay, he or she learns to face fear and overcome it. These people take calculated risks, they enter competitions, reach out to magazines, blogs, galleries and collectors, and they experiment with new mediums. Seth Godin shared this powerful thought, “Art is a personal act of courage. Something one human does that creates change in another”

Those who lack courage and fear risks ignore many opportunities that could lead to success. Courage builds self-confidence.

 

Use Failure: 

 

The greatest barrier to success is the fear of failure. All artists must learn from failures and past mistakes, but successful artists are not defined by them.  Successful artists win some and lose some – it’s just part of the business. They learn how to paint adversity into a lovely picture.

Economist Tim Harford states, “The way to succeed is to embrace trial and error, develop the courage to risk and know failure–and adapt from those failures with adjustments, as being stepping stones.”

 

 

~”A flower has to go through a lot of dirt before it can bloom.” ~Unknown

 

They Attract Success:  

 

Successful artists understand the importance of surrounding themselves with supportive people. They enjoy rubbing elbows with other successful artists and like-minded people. Like-attracts-like, and success-attracts-success. “They limit their time and much emotional involvement with people who are negative.” Stay in the positive track and live a balanced lifestyle foremost.


~“The difference between try and triumph is a little 'umph'”. ~Unknown

 


Water Casts a Spell; a theme for Awhile in My Art.

 

This image seems to say what I feel, more than words could express.

Jacque Cousteau btw is in my list of the 50 most important people that have given

their time to our Earth and all species including helping human kind.

 


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Why am I drawn to water? Well it has to likely do with the fear I had of water as a young

child...not sure how that came to be, could be several reasons.Now I never really swam 

well at all, needed the comfort security of my feet touching the shallow bottom. I did like diving

in the water with snorkel and mask, but still not in deep water. I would not jump from high up in

to water; heights scared me likely more. There may be some relation there. I had no real

serious problem going to the pool or beach and slowly wading into the aquablue; would like

it, but was aware how far the deep was. Pools were not bad since they had the depth showing.

It wasn't until later I practised swimming and got the hang of it, floating and eventually swimming

in several methods, -I enjoyed the back crawl. 

 

I think there was a subconcious fear that related to 'death' in conotation to water. It seemed easy to drown. That was certainly obvious as a kid. 

I had some passing thoughts later in life of ways to die...committ suicide. It was not a planned out

thing, -just the thought of what would happen. Simple question. They do say drowning is a much

less painful way to pass away. It's just fascinating pondering of art and psychology, but I think many people especially if depressed often have had suicidal thoughts. Mine were never to want to, but again it is a mind exploration. 

 

My images lately now have been directly involved with water and figures. It's not so much the content

but the colours of blues, of figure. The series is the ;Under The Water' series. 12 I've done in the last

year up untl August 2013. Prior I had explored waves coming onto shore. it often showed sky and 

sea,and clouds billowing above or just far on the horizon, in a minimal way. This eventually turned to

the fascination of figure expressed in water. Then it was figure and just water, with no relation to any

thing, [not showing a shore or pool edge for example]. Then it was a bit more ambiguous, sort of 

abstract at times. So content often obvious, then less obvious as I thought through it. I kind of zoomed

closer into the water, resulting in vast space to relation of figure and background or vice versa. From

above view to a light angle. Thetop views seem more ambiguous, again with the abstract quality. Once

I get the figure and water structure done, having worked from my photos as well as my imagination, it 

changes quite a lot -not photographic for many. Here is an example: 'Under The Water #4 and #8.

 


bg_20191378860345.jpg\Under The Water #2'  [more detail, but still no definite figure-expressive].

[see my art prints link on this website for all artworks]

 



bg_20201378860604.jpg'Under The Water #8. [more abstract than prior one]. 16" x 20"

 

Much of my 'Under Water' series is about 'anxiety, fear, phobias' & such,
which we all have & I try to convey it in a bold, colourful expressiveness,
so that one does not see any immediate focal point, and that is it.
The viewer I hope sees shapes with a kind of ambiguity. It is content/theme,
but also forms, uplifting colours that help give them aesthetic appeal in general
-to hide the 'suspense'. .

 

 
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'Under Water Figures' [mix media/digital]. 


Patterns are everywhere, including skies.
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'Lake Superior North Shore Sunset' [see in website images]


There has been some especially beautiful sunsets in N.W.Ontario this winter. To live in a wide open community, as Thunder Bay, Canada, sunsets are still noticed and discussed is a great joy. We are often called 'experts on the subject of weather', since we have a variety in our seasons. Here at least, people still look up from their cell phones long enough to notice that there is a sky up there. I can imagine a cartoon showing someone staring at an hi-tech screen that is showing a beautiful photo-shopped sunset while outside an even more spectacular real one is lighting up the sky. Or better, a bunch of kids walking home from school playing away at games on their Ipods or phone pods and unaware of a wondrous sunset over their shoulders.


The sunsets have been getting more exceptionally lately in my edge of the city woods. (It may have some bearing to climate change also.) An evening in our mild January there was a red ribbon lying right on the horizon, stretching from the south behind an old house all the way around to the west. It looked about a thumb's width. Above it was a graduation of blue with some lovely intrusion of magenta stretch across the lower middle sky area. It was not only awestriking but unique from any sunset I had ever seen in a while.


So many cloud formations certainly give variety to art. There are names for various forms. A mackerel sky resembles a pattern of fish scales as the name suggests. Horsetail clouds are long, wispy things. Sun dogs look like little suns, but not as bright. They appear about mid-morning or late in the afternoon on one or both sides of the sun, and almost always rain or snow will fall within twenty four hours. Thunderclouds remind me of giant morel mushrooms pushing up from the horizon. Science has given names to the various cloud formations but the fascinating thing is that whenever they re-appear, they vary of course from the precise patterns they formed the last time. They are simply shapes and patterns in my perception. Skies full of inspiration, with camera or not.


 

1. Creativity – Being able to think on your feet, approach tasks from different perspectives and think ‘outside of the box’ will distinguish your child from others. In an arts program, your child will be asked to recite a monolog in 6 different ways, create a painting that represents a memory, or compose a new rhythm to enhance a piece of music. If children have practice thinking creatively, it will come naturally to them now and in their future career.

 

2. Confidence – The skills developed through theater, not only train you how to convincingly deliver a message, but also build the confidence you need to take command of the stage. Theater training gives children practice stepping out of their comfort zone and allows them to make mistakes and learn from them in rehearsal. This process gives children the confidence to perform in front of large audiences.

 

3. Problem Solving – Artistic creations are born through the solving of problems. How do I turn this clay into a sculpture? How do I portray a particular emotion through dance? How will my character react in this situation? Without even realizing it kids that participate in the arts are consistently being challenged to solve problems. All this practice problem solving develops children’s skills in reasoning and understanding. This will help develop important problem-solving skills necessary for success in any career.

 

4. Perseverance – When a child picks up a violin for the first time, she/he knows that playing Bach right away is not an option; however, when that child practices, learns the skills and techniques and doesn’t give up, that Bach concerto is that much closer. In an increasingly competitive world, where people are being asked to continually develop new skills, perseverance is essential to achieving success.

 

5. Focus – The ability to focus is a key skill developed through ensemble work. Keeping a balance between listening and contributing involves a great deal of concentration and focus. It requires each participant to not only think about their role but how their role contributes to the big picture of what is being created. Recent research has shown that participation in the arts improves children’s abilities to concentrate and focus in other aspects of their lives.

 

6. Non-Verbal Communication – Through experiences in theater and dance education, children learn to break down the mechanics of body language. They experience different ways of moving and how those movements communicate different emotions. They are then coached in performance skills to ensure they are portraying their character effectively to the audience.

 

7. Receiving Constructive Feedback – Receiving constructive feedback about a performance or visual art piece is a regular part of any arts instruction. Children learn that feedback is part of learning and it is not something to be offended by or to be taken personally. It is something helpful. The goal is the improvement of skills and evaluation is incorporated at every step of the process. Each arts discipline has built in parameters to ensure that critique is a valuable experience and greatly contributes to the success of the final piece.

 

8. Collaboration – Most arts disciplines are collaborative in nature. Through the arts, children practice working together, sharing responsibility, and compromising with others to accomplish a common goal. When a child has a part to play in a music ensemble, or a theater or dance production, they begin to understand that their contribution is necessary for the success of the group. Through these experiences, children gain confidence and start to learn that their contributions have value even if they don’t have the biggest role.

 

9. Dedication – When kids get to practice following through with artistic endeavors that result in a finished product or performance, they learn to associate dedication with a feeling of accomplishment. They practice developing healthy work habits of being on time for rehearsals and performances, respecting the contributions of others, and putting effort into the success of the final piece. In the performing arts, the reward for dedication is the warm feeling of an audience’s applause that comes rushing over you, making all your efforts worthwhile.

 

10. Accountability – When children practice creating something collaboratively they get used to the idea that their actions affect other people. They learn that when they are not prepared or on-time, that other people suffer. Through the arts, children also learn that it is important to admit that you made a mistake and take responsibility for it. Because mistakes are a regular part of the process of learning in the arts, children begin to see that mistakes happen. We acknowledge them, learn from them and move on.

 

Note: This is an adaptation from my 35+ years of collected Art analysis as an Artist, Art Educator and Therapist, Guidance counselor specialist into research to observations on the Importance of Art as more than just a 'craft' but as being instrumental for youth and to adults to learn, creating art for self first, as the process is as important as the goal. Visual Art is connected in all educational subjects and using 'Visual thinking and learning' can have those who have that as a dominant mind trait help better understand and solve new information, not just in the arts. It is one many types of multiple intelligences like mathematical to kinetic learning and be combined, of course, as no one has just one way to learn. Art really can mend especially kids' lives to the fullest, enlivens and enriches them, empowering them with 'visual expression' with many good traits as confidence, discipline, self-resourcefulness, creativity and technical understanding, sharing, to self-fulfillment and growth of 'emotional intelligence' and more.